Reverse Garbage Wins Double at NSW Business Chamber Awards

Friday 7 September 2012: Reverse Garbage, Australia’s largest creative reuse organisation, was a double winner at last night’s inaugural 2012 NSW Business Chamber, Southern Sydney Regional Awards, taking home an award for Excellence in Business Ethics and Excellence in Sustainability.

The Southern Sydney Regional Awards recognise and celebrate the success of business within Southern Sydney, with the winner of each category becoming a finalist at the 2012 Annual State Awards.

Reverse Garbage were finalists in three award categories: Excellence in Business Ethics, Excellence in Small Business and Excellence in Sustainability.

Narelle Mantle, CEO of Reverse Garbage, says the community is largely to thank for Reverse Garbage’s ongoing success:

“Reverse Garbage has diverted valuable resources from landfill for almost 40 years and our ability to continue to do this would not be possible without the invaluable support received from our community. Individuals, business and industry are keen to donate to Reverse Garbage and purchase from our Marrickville warehouse so valuable resources can be saved from landfill, thereby reducing the impact on our environment.”

“It’s really a win/win for everyone. Businesses save money by reducing their waste disposal costs and become more socially and environmentally responsible. Employees in turn feel good about their employer and the positive effect they are having on our community by becoming part of the ‘reuse cycle’, rather than sending resources to landfill. In turn, the community is given access to useful and affordable resources to reuse for a whole variety of purposes. This desire to be environmentally, socially and economically responsible – and Reverse Garbage’s role in promoting and facilitating this – is what drives our success.”

“Of course, Reverse Garbage also has an incredibly dedicated and hardworking team of staff who believe in the amazing change we can all achieve if we think creatively and not wastefully.”

“Reverse Garbage was honoured to receive the NSW Business Chamber Business for Peace Award in 2011, and this year we are very proud to receive two such distinguished awards for our achievements in sustainability and ethical business – it’s an absolute honour.”

Reverse Garbage are now finalists in the 2012 Annual State Awards, held Friday 23 November at the Hordern Pavilion, Moore Park.


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Reverse Garbage is an internationally recognised, award-winning environmental co-operative committed to promoting sustainability. Each year Reverse Garbage collects tonnes of resources including reusable off-cuts, over-runs, art & craft materials, stage props, knic-knacks, furniture and other items from hundreds of supporting commercial and industrial businesses, as well as through the generosity of the community.